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of superstorm sandy. and it is going to be a long time before things really do get back to normal. many of you are helping us tell the stories of this disaster and the aftermath with your ireports. take a look at this one, our ireporter took this video that shows manhattan and the freedom tower from staten island. so you can see the finger-pointing right there. the water tanker washed up along the east river there. for the next half hour, we're going to bring you some of the best images and the best sound from our ireporter, josh lev is here to talk about it and take us through it. >> that was an iconic shot this week, when our reporter was there. folks this right now, this is your chance to see the most powerful and amazing videos and images of what our country has been through in the past week. including brand-new ones that have now come into this. some of what we're going to show you is heartbreaking, but some will make you smile. showing resiliency after the devastation. i'm going to show you pictures and facebook and tweeting with you, this is a conversation, let's get involved. fred, i'l
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, with the aftermath of superstorm sandi and full scope of devastation that's just now coming into view. these are new pictures just in to cnn minutes ago. the storm's death toll in the united states stands now at 40. new york police say 22 were killed in the city alone. check out this video from an nypd helicopter. across the region, thousands of people had to be rescued from their flooded homes. many were chased to their rooftops to escape the rising waters. today, as national guard troops roll into overwhelmed towns and villages, normalcy seems so far out of reach. more than 6 million homes and businesses still without power. and many will be shivering bus they don't have heat either for days and days to come. we have a lot to cover this morning. let's begin by narrowing our focus. first stop, new jersey. some of the most jaw-dropping images are coming in from the jersey shore. the resort area that has entertained vacationing americans for generations, one iconic landmark, the atlantic city boardwalk, lost a big chunk due to crashing waves. governor chris christie says the damage to the state's bea
. >>> the emphasis on the election took a back seat brought on by superstorm sandy. both candidates put the talking points in their back pocket. but now with just three days left, the candidates are back on the trail with the talking points at the ready. we also have our correspondents spread out throughout the battleground states to bring you more on the election and the final push for both candidates. >>> let's step away from the map and let's get to the message for a moment. paul steinhauser is live in harrisburg, pennsylvania. paul, really a flurry of activity and travel for president obama and governor romney. what is their message for these final three days? >> victor, it's interesting, both of them have the same message. change. they're saying it in different ways. you're hearing a lot about change as they crisscross the campaign trail in the final days. both were talking about the message yesterday, last night in ohio. take a listen. >> the president says that, you know, it has to be this way. i say it has to change. he says, he's got excuses for us. i say, in fact, no, i have a plan for us
the people, the emergency officials that he has been in touch with regarding superstorm sandy and that he would, in fact, take good care to make sure that people are responding to that natural disaster. also, very much sounding like this is a time where they are trying to, the candidates, put partisan politics aside. here's what he said just moments ago. >> because when disasters strike, we see america at its best. all the petty differences that consume us in normal times all seem to melt away. there are no democrats or republicans during a storm. there are just fellow americans. >> want to bring in briana keiller, with the president in green bay, wisconsin. briana, i thought that was a really interesting passage there, part of this speech. there are no democrats, republicans during a storm. we're all just americans. well, some people say, you know what, the storm is over, and we are back to politics as usual. how is he balancing these two messages? >> reporter: well, this was really the segue. part of the way that he is balancing is by staying in touch, obviously, with officials in affec
. has superstorm sandy changed your preference in presidential candidates? you have a couple of options. you can click yes, i was impressed by obama's leadership and response to the storm. you can choose yes, i i was compressed by romney's sensitivity to storm victims. you can say no, i've made up my mind about the candidates. we're going share your responses in the next hour. we're also going to bring you more on superstorm sandy, the mess this t has left behind. we want you to listen to how this 90-year-old new jersey resident describes it. >> 91 years i've never seen anything like this ever. >> can you describe what happened when the water came? >> we were sleeping, my daughter and i. all of a sudden the water came in like -- i'm a conservative investor. i invest in what i know. i turned 65 last week. i'm getting married. planning a life. there are risks, sure. but, there's no reward without it. i want to be prepared for the long haul. i see a world bursting with opportunities. india, china, brazil, ishares, small-caps, large-caps, ishares. industrials. low cost. every dollar counts.
about some of the improvements that have been made since superstorm sandy. talking about the world trade center memorial, still under water, but that should be pumped out today, he said. but the big headline is that all power, he says, has been restored in manhattan. and one other note, fuel trucks, we're told, are going to be in the new york-new jersey area. the u.s. department of defense and the president have ordered this and there will be a ten-gallon limit. there's been a real problem for folks there trying to get gasoline in their cars, so that is certainly some good news as well. now more on superstorm sandy. take a look at these stunning before-and-after photos that we're just getting from google earth. this first one is from brick township, new jersey. on the right, if you look closely, you can see the cared remains of a neighborhood and some small fires still glowing. and this is on the new jersey coast, one of new jersey's barrier islands. you the see it now has a small river running through where a cluster of homes actually used to be. i actually saw that area for myself. it
the political end game to more now on that slow, steady recovery from superstorm sandy, emergency teams are still doing the grim work of finding sandy's victims. and as i said the death toll in the u.s. has risen to at least 106 people. many areas are still without power. and authorities warn that it could be a week, a week before they get it back. 2.7 million households in the dark. nearly 3 million. electricity not the only thing in short supply. gas lines are still a reality for people in new york and new jersey and millions of gallons of fuel are being trucked to those affected areas. well, new jersey governor chris christie has ordered rationing in dozens of counties there. despite all the suffering there are signs of hope. >> 80% of the subway service has been restored. that is under literally in under one week. 80% of the subway service has been restored from what was horrendous damage. >> and workers are busy securing the crane that left dangling by sandy's fierce winds. look at that thing, officials say it could take up to 36 hours to finish that job. you know, the economy is a
, including those 80 homes that were consumed by that fire in queens. recovery from superstorm sandy could be as mayor michael bloomberg is calling it, a massive, a mammoth job. meteorologist rob marciano is in chelsea, new york, this morning with the latest on the damage there. rob, good morning. >> good morning, soledad. well, some of the damage behind me, one of a few buildings that were ripped off. nobody hurt miraculously. lower manhattan is still in the dark. day two now and it could be several more before it's all said and done. the estimates are between 2 and 4 days before places south basically of about 30th street will be back online. you go outside of the city and up towards westchester county could be as much as ten days. just down the street from us the con ed headquarters, yesterday we chased down the incident commander there up in the war room or situation room as they call it. we got his thoughts on the storm in general, and the system that he has to supervise. >> substations are only part of the problem. we had the luxury of an underground network in manhattan. there are n
customizable 2013 smart. >>> we're going to get back to superstorm sandy aftermath in just a minute. first, just in to "the situation room," we're ready now to release a brand new cnn/orc poll in the critically important swing state of colorado. look at this, it shows a very tight race. president obama at 50%, mitt romney at 48%. that effectively is a dead heat given the poll's 3.5-point sampling error. cnn's national correspondent john king is in denver for us right now. john, you're taking a closer look at this poll. what else are you finding? >> reporter: wolf, because of that dead heat you can feel the intensity as both campaigns try to gin upturnout including in the early voting period which ends tomorrow here in colorado. both candidates doing well where they need to, you might say a slight edge for the president. i'll show you what i mean. in denver and bolder, the two biggest urban areas in the state of colorado, more democratic voters. 63% for the president, 34% for governor romney in the urban areas of denver and bolder. that's what the president needs to keep for turnout on elec
to get gas into his state as quickly as possible. why? because superstorm sandy has shut down many gas stations in new york and new jersey leaving folks waiting in line for hours. now, cuomo says he has signed an executive order to waive the tax and registration requirements on fuel tankers. susan canne candioti. it's incredible when we hear the stories now. you have lines stretching for miles at some of these stations. you have some folks that have just absolutely have h it, and now there's a story about a driver in new york arrested after allegedly pulling out a gun on another driver. tell us what happened. >> reporter: suzanne, it's remarkable. that's right. that happened in queens, new york. police arrested a man who allegedly cut line in the gas line and pulled a gun on a customer who challenged him about cutting into the line. that's when police moved in and arrested this guy. you have to imagine there are occasional dust-ups that we have seen, short tempers in these very long lines. both yesterday and today. people get frustrated, but overall, i have noticed the people that we h
to tune in tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. eastern for that. >> now to the latest on superstorm sandy. the lights are starting to come back on for some families in the northeast, but not fast enough for others. five days after the storm more than 2.5 million customers are without power across 15 states and d.c., and the heartache is also growing for lots of families with the storm now blamed for 106 deaths in the u.s. overall, it's left 175 people dead, including the victims in canada and the caribbean. meanwhile, national guard troops are continuing to search and rescue. they are also helping to clear debris so crews can get the power back on and deliver food to people who need it. in new york, after a lot of criticism, mayor michael bloomberg cancelled the new york city marathon for the first time in 42 years. it's never been cancelled. it was set to take place tomorrow. no decision yet on whether it will be rescheduled. and at noon eastern, gas line will start being rationed in 12 counties in new jersey. to cut down on long lines at gas stations, people can only buy gas on odd-numbered days li
good afternoon, everyone. i'm anderson cooper this is cnn special coverage of superstorm sandy, the devastation, the rescues, the early efforts to recover and most importantly to rebuild. i'm live in new york city from a balcony of the time warner center. just over my should, the chanced crane still dangling over 57th street, the entire area still blocked off. the storm claimed least 50 lives in the u.s. and one in canada. a woman who was hit by storm-tossed debris, damage is expected to run into tens of billions of dollars. and today, a new challenge, looters breaking into businesses. >> people coming out with all kinds of stuff, everything. whatever you can think of, from juice and sodas, waters, cigarettes, tvs, anything you can think of, they were getting it. >> 9,000 people spent the night in red cross shelters spread across 13 states. national guard troops arrived overnight and are rescuing families trapped by floodwaters in hoboken, new jersey. we learned today that the navy is sending three amphibious landing ships to the coast of new york and new jersey in case they're
of superstorm sandy, normal life is a far off dream for so many millions in the northeast corridor and points west. worst of all, a still growing toll of lives lost. at least 40 in the u.s. one so far in canada. more than 6 million homes and businesses still don't have electricity but that is a big improvement from yesterday. and while floods and surges with some exceptions have gone down, that just makes the devastation all the more apparent. you are looking at point pleasant beach halfway between new york and atlantic city on the new jersey shore. president obama visiting these scenes this afternoon. the final day in full-on disaster mode before he gets back to the campaign tomorrow. a little global perspective for you right now, though. the scope and the magnitude of hurricane sandy from the satellite image courtesy of nasa. atlantic city is a sitting duck in the middle of the path. the jersey shore easy prey for those ruthless winds. the powerful surges and the relentless force of the images that you are seeing now. and now, this. parts of atlantic city simply decimated as sandy made land
of superstorm sandy, but now there's a lot of rhetoric. >> here is one reason why. take a look at this. the race is extremely tight right now. here is the national cnn poll. the survey is out over the last week and a half. average them together. it's as close as you can get. look at these numbers, colorado is one of the eight battleground states. a very, very close contest. ift's why you hear the rhetoric and the candidates going to the battleground states in the last four days. >> paul steinhauser, thank you. >> we are talking chairs this morning. actor clint eastwood appeared on fox news to talk about his whacky republican national convention speech and how it came to be, how the chair came to be on stage with him talking to it. in case you missed the speech, here it is. >> what do you want me to tell romney? i can't tell him to do that. can't do that to himself. you're absolutely crazy. you're getting as bad as biden. >> now the acting, directing legend says it was an ad lib, which was obvious at the time. let's listen. >> i have to give john vioght a pat on the back. i was sitting with him a
victims. the death toll from superstorm sandy rose to 106 last night, that's just in the u.s. cnn jim clancy is in long island beach, new jersey, an area where houses were floating down the streets. jim, we hear some good news of some signs of improvement this morning. >> well, you know, the improvement is going to come and certainly they're out there working every day. they're digging away. they're trying to literally like snow plows tear through the sand dunes that have built up. some as high as six feet on this island, covering up roadways and plowing through all of that and they're working on, i've seen people coming out and checking the power lines and we have people coming out and the entire underside of some of these homes that were up on stilts or posts or whatever you want to call it, pili pylons. they may have to come down. all of the homes, they're ensuring that they have a little bit of stability. you know, this was quite a storm. i talked to one of the residents, he refuses to leave. search and rescue yesterday, guy name carl was telling me that the experience of this sto
in columbus circle. is.7 million people without power in the wake of superstorm sandy. a storm that killed 56 people. the crisis is far from over. ambulances tonight lining up outside of new york's bellvue hospital to evacuate 700 patients. the new jersey flames raging through the shore town of mantoloking. the mutual admiration society saw president and governor christie. this is what the president promised the victims of superstorm sandy. >> we are here for you. we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure you get all of the help you need until you rebuild. >> meanwhile, six days until election day, mitt romney is in the must-win state of florida with a new bipartisan tone. >> i've got to be able to reach across the aisle and get good democrats and republicans to work together. good democrats love america, just like good republicans love america. >> michael moore is here to react to all of the events and if you have questions tweet us@piers tonight. we will begin on the long hard commute for millions of new yorkers. it's a rough time for many new yorkers. obviously a rough time for ma
. five days after superstorm sandy, new york governor andrew cuomo said temporary fuel trucks will be deployed around the new york city area to alleviate the gas shortages. drivers will be able to fill up directly from the tankers. new yorkers can also get around the city a little easier now as well. >> 80% of the subway service has been restored. that is under literally, under one week, 80% of the subway service has been restored from what was horrendous damage. >> across the river in new jersey, there is gas rationing in 12 counties in an effort to cut don on wait times there. people have been waiting there in long lines for hours to gas up cars and get fuel for their generators. >> our jim clancy is in long beach, new jersey, which is on the jersey shore. it's very windy, and that cold front that is apparently going to move in this weekend, jim, give me an idea of what's happening there in terms of people trying to recover, pick up the pieces, move on, what? >> there's a major push going on long beach island today. they have brought in scores of heavy pieces of heavy equipm
at least 80 homes consumed by fire in queens. the recovery from superstorm sandy as mark mayor michael bloomberg calls it, a mammoth job. meteorologist rob marciano is in new york's chelsea neighborhood. he joins us live this morning. rob, there is serious black right there behind you, by the way, because there is no power down where you are. so is there much to clean up. >> there is. south of 29th street it goes dark. on the east side south of 39th street it goes dark. we knew the storm was coming. utility companies were preparing for it. but you almost don't believe it until you see it, right? incredible storm surge took these substations out that have knocked out power across lower manhattan and across much of new york, not to mention what's going on across the northeast. just down the road from here, that's the headquarters, which by the way has power, you can charge your phone in there, we tracked down the incident commander to get a feel for what it takes to get this city back online and what we can expect going forward. here's what he had to say about the situation. >> it was mo
is still quite the nightmare. laguardia hit hard by superstorm sandy opened a few hours ago but with limited service. also limited service at some of the other new york airports. this morning a few subway lines are back up and run ining. trains will stay away from lower manhattan where the power is still out. buses, as you might expect, are packed with many people waiting hours in line to get on board. the good news? all public transportation is free today and tomorrow. oh, but then there's the traffic gridlock. treats are packed and mayor michael bloomberg says all cars coming into manhattan must have at least three people inside. one lawmaker is balking at the idea of spending your tax dollars there. steve king is a republican congressman from landlocked iowa, a fiscal conservative who often rails against spending. in fact, he gained prominence for opposing federal aid for victims of hurricane katrina. he says that can teach us lessons now. >> i want to get them resources to lift them out of this water and the sand and the ashes and the death that's over there in the east
of president obama in the immediate aftermath of superstorm sandy, he went on the attack. he ridiculed the idea for the secretary and he unleashed this ad. a spanish language tv ad that linked president obama to hugo chavez and the castro family. i think the romney campaign at this point, they're not really staying one way or the other whether or not the campaign has been damaged to some sentence by what happened with hurricane sandy but i think the, getting back on offense does reflect the fact that they feel like they'd better get this momentum back on their side. clearly it has been affected. >> and president obama has obviously been in full presidential mode. he took a break from campaigning but he's been very visible. he is getting good marks hoist handling of the storm, most notably from governor chris christie in new jersey. is there any sense how voters may be reacting? >> we don't know how voters are rejust yet. the president is in his own way taking advantage of the moment. he bounded off the plane today at his first stop wearing his leadership credentials on his sleeves literally. he
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in business post superstorm sandy. and don't strain your eyes on this map, but please try to note the dimmed outlines in lower manhattan on the left-hand side of your screen. those are the lines that are no-go, because of flooding or lack of power or both. and that's a big part of the city. still, a silver lining. bus and subway and commuter train rides are free today. free tomorrow. under new york's transportation emergency decree. travel by car, however, is pretty much a nightmare. and even if you can travel, take a look at these things. cars lined up for gas. filling stations need power too, and in new jersey where these scenes were shot, almost 2 million homes and businesses do not have power. so you're looking at a line that will lead eventually to a bp station in middletown, new jersey. look how long they waited. >>> and do you want to fly? that was the scene on tuesday, and guess what? now all three of the greater new york airports will be open today, including this airport, which looked like long island sound. it's laguardia. as recently as tuesday, tarmacs under water. really a rema
on the race for the white house. >>> we're also following the aftermath of the superstorm sandy, four days in a shelter with no shower. we're going to take you to one part of a devastated region in new york city where storm victims are still desperate for food, water and power. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." our abundant natural gas is already saving us money, producing cleaner electricity, putting us to work here in america and supporting wind and solar. though all energy development comes with some risk, we're committed to safely and responsibly producing natural gas. it's not a dream. america's natural gas... putting us in control of our energy future, now. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] you've been years in the making. and there are many years ahead. join the millions of members who've chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. go long. aren't exciting to most people, but i like to think that they're interesting to the people at my company. actually, they might not even be that interesting to them. but this is for them an
the devastation of super-storm sandy. but despite his good intelligences, the public reaction was swift and harsh. critics argued there was too much devastation and work to do, mainly in staten island. the wave of criticism caused the mayor and race officials to pull the plug on friday. 27-year-old beatrice craven was to be one of the runners. despite the race being cancelled, beatrice still plans a run of her own. she joins me now from new york. how are you, beatrice? >> hi, don. >> are you still going to run the entire length of the race? are you still going to do a run of your own in a different way? >> absolutely. and i completely plan on running the full -- the full marathon, the full 26.2. the course would be different. the idea is to do the original new york city marathon, which would be four loops around central park. so that's the idea. i think it's a little bit more sensible, you know, given the state that staten island is currently in. and, well, still meeting some of my own goals at the same time. >> and you're doing it why? >> i'm doing this for my mom. as you mentioned, my mom had p
saying a few words about what was going on in the aftermath of the superstorm sandy. we're going to continue to monitor what the president has to say. we'll bring you more of that. we also have some brand new poll numbers just in from the critical battleground state of ohio. you see the president in lima, ohio, right now. our brand new cnn/orc poll shows president obama with a narrow lead in that state 50% to mitt romney's 47%. that's within the sampling error making it still effectively a dead heat. our chief national correspondent john king is joining us right now. he's in ohio as well. john, take us inside these numbers. >> wolf, they are fascinating when you look deep in this poll. the president you just showed he's here in ohio. governor romney will be here tontd. they expect some 35,000 republicans at his rally. in this part of the state i'm in cincinnati tonight. when you look deep in our poll you see this one will be fought out through the last poll closing on election night. look at these two candidates among independents. governor romney with a slight edge 48% to 46%. a
the appalachians, ice and snow. all of it, all of this, the legacy of sandy, a superstorm that's living up to the name as bad as the billing, as terrible as the forecast. >> just these massive -- look at these waves coming through behind me. >> new jersey caught some of the first of it, and much of the worst. >> we're at a moment now where evacuation is no longer possible, and we won't be able to come and rescue people. >> reporter: those who stayed woke up to this. in toms river, new jersey and elsewhere, ems phones rang nonstop and rescues continued today until nightfall. crews pulling several hundred people to safety. >> we're not sure if it was a levee, a compromise -- something was compromised there. >> reporter: inland and farther north, the police chief of bergen county, new jersey describes a brief that left several towns and one trailer park as much as five feet deep in dangerous water. >> i may have lost my home. i may have lost my car. but i'm alive. >> as everyone knows in new york, sandy packed a punch for the metropolitan area yesterday. i don't think words like catastrophic
of superstorm sandy, which continues to cause chaos along the east coast. and here's hoboken, new jersey, still flooded by sandy in new york city. a city divided tonight between light and dark. no one can answer the big question, when will all the new york lights come back on? take a look at this. new video of what superstorm sandy did to southberry station at the tip of lower manhattan. it shows you just how extensive the damage is and why the entire subway system remains closed tonight, more than 24 hours after sandy blast add shore. we'll have the latest on the state of the subway and when it may be up and running again in a few moments. plus this dramatic video. up to ten feet of water. part of the basement of nyu langer medical center. nurses actually carried sick newborn babies down nine flights of stairs while manually pumping air into their lungs. quite extraordinary. i'll talk to a doctor iflgd in the evacuation. meanwhile, in new jersey, the state hit hardest by sandy, search and rescue missions have gone on all day long. president obama will travel there tomorrow to vut damage along
to our "starting point" this morning, it's day three of that fallout from superstorm sandy. millions of people without power in their homes. and as john mentioned, they're literally trying to pick up the pieces that remain from their homes, the pieces of their lives. yesterday the president and governor chris christie of new jersey toured the destruction on the jersey shore right near atlantic city. the mayor of atlantic city joins us this morning. let's talk specifically, sir, and thanks for joining us this morning, about the damage that's happened to atlantic city. you have the iconic boardwalk, you have the casinos, you have lots of hotels. fill me in on how atlantic city is faring. >> well, let me tell you that the boardwalk did suffer some major damage, but property can be replaced. the good news is in atlantic city and in atlantic county, that there was only one fatality. and when i say "only," i don't mean to minimize that fatality, one is too many, but given the catastrophic nature of this storm, i think we were blessed and spared that on the human side in terms of loss, ther
for that to occur. and now they're off happening. let's look at this superstorm, sandy. so here's sandy, you see off the coast of north carolina. and even though we're getting the impacts now with heavy rain, the actual center still offshore. high pressure to the east over the ocean. then a really deep trough of low pressure coming from the west. normally you'd think, well, this will just push it off shore. it's doing the opposite, injecting. like a fuel injection. it's giving it more energy to pull it back on to shore. that's part of what's happening. and not only that because it will come on shore, we know that. behind it, you have some super strong cold air wrapping in behind the hurricane. so it's a hurricane that will eventually bring cold air and snow, brooke. an amazing meets logical dynamic -- meteorological dynamic situation that's unprecedented and really dangerous. millions cou lose power from one storm. >> think about it, all the kids ready it trick-or-treat this upcoming week. you think about the timing, also with the election and campaign
a singular focus on what they call doing his job focusing on the superstorm sandy with his officials here in a face-to-face way. and now he can go on the campaign trail. and they say he will continue these ongoing updates on the road. you know, presidents always say they take the job with them, they can do it anywhere. but symbolically very important for a president to be at the white house during a crisis. and that's why they rushed him back here during sandy. one of the messages, wolf, that he's been conveying to these people he meets at the shelter is that the u.s. government, his administration, will be with them for the long haul. they're not just here to visit but that they will do what it takes for the long haul. that's the message he keeps conveying. and i should say also praising his fema director who has also gotten some praise from governor christie as well, wolf. >> governor christie has been very fusive in his phrase. as they head toward the microphones let's take a quick, quick break. on the other side we'll hear from the president. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and
and there is no power south of 34th street. the financial district the stock exchange did reopen today. superstorm sandy has crippled that system. there is catastrophic damage to underground tracks and equipment. the mta says it is too early to tell whether full service will return and be fixed. millions of commuters use the system every day. commuters relied on buses, cars and cabs if you were lucky enough to find them. there was gridlock as bad as we have ever seen. look at a live shot of columbus circle south of central park on the west side. central park still remained closed. it has been like this all day. one of the reasons is that crane is still dangling over 57th street and that is creating the massive traffic jam around the circle. jason joins me from the queensboro bridge. i talked to you earlier today and most people have given up trying to get a vehicle they were walking. >> oh, yeah, it has been a frustrating day for thousands of commuters making their way across the bridge. you can look through the traffic people still making their way at this hour even at 8:00. it is the only way for a lo
secretary that superstorm sandy is not in these numbers this month, but you know, ali n the months ahead, we will be seeing and feeling the impact of this storm in every economic statistic in the next few statistic in the next few months. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> and we will talk about it in the election, and the unemployment rate the 7.8% or 7.9% and i have been saying it and you have been saying it for a long time and we concentrate on it because it is a political number, but we need to consider other things in the jobs report, the number of jobs created as well as the wages and the quality of jobs coming back and make all of that into your decision when making a decision. christine, i will talk to you later. for the rest of you, stay right here as carol costello takes over the next hour when we expect to hear live from president obama as he reacts to this, the final jobs report, before he puts his job on the line in four days. >> and also we would like to thank allen krueger and the rest of our guests here. we send it now to carol costello in the "cnn newsroom." >>> good
on today. it's been nearly four days since superstorm sandy slammed into the east coast and this morning in many areas, it is still a dire situation. the death toll from the storm has been raised to 92 people in the u.s. 3.5 million customers along the eastern seaboard are still without power this morning. and the economic losses are just staggering. an estimated $30 billion to $50 billion. right now rescue agencies are trying to get food and water to those in need. gasoline, in very short supply in parts of new york and new jersey. long, long lines. now a common sight at many gas stations in the region. people waiting two, three, four hours to get to the pumps. sometimes just to find there's no gas left and yes anger is starting to spill over. some gas station owners have been closing their businesses to let tempers cool down. they're calling in police for help. it's not a good situation. homeland security secretary janet napolitano and top fema officials will visit staten island today to get a look at the devastation there caused by hurricane sandy. yesterday police found the bodies of
.m. in the east. we begin with the latest on the aftermath of the superstorm hurricane ire hurricane sandy. most buses are up and running again and they are free of charge. but most of lower manhattan still has no power and temperatures are dipping into the 30s and 40s. >> and there are no heartbreaking picture as long the jersey shore barrier islands. houses picked up, some just buried in the sand and governor chris christie who toured the destruction with president obama said some parts of the shore may never look the same again. >> the death toll reached 124 people with 56 in the united states. at least 28 in new york. and close to 5 million customers are still waiting for the power to come back on. >> cnn has the entire disaster zone covered this morning. our correspondents spanned out across lower manhattan and all up and down the jersey shore. >> first, the economic capital of our country is slowly getting back to normal this morning even while facing extreme damage. power outages and people having to walk for hours just to get to work. meantime, another hospital lost generator power in lo
on how long it will take to get trains back online. for the last 48 hours, superstorm sandy has taken the focus away from the presidential race. the election one week away both candidates canceled official campaign events in recent days. even as they turn their attention to the storm, you have to be honest, politics never far away here is dana bash. >> reporter: president obama cancelled official campaign events, but this close to election day, everything is political. even this unannounced trip to the red cross. >> america is with you. we are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet. >> reporter: invaluable imagery and opportunity to be seen in command. >> i want you to cut through red tape, cut through bureaucracy, there is no excuse for inaction at this point. >> reporter: speaking of imagery for a second day, the white house released a photo of the president on the case in the situation room. >> and thank you so very much. i love and you appreciate you, thank you very much. >> reporter: mitt romney called off his campaign even
. >> that was a terrible story. thank you. next, what we saw. the desperation of superstorm sandy. >> we stayed 11 hours on the roof. we kept yelling help to everyone we seen. nobody was coming. help us. >> and later, senator rand paul. does the romney campaign have a plan to win the election if they can't win ohio? transitions® lenses automatically filter just the right amount of light. so you see everything the way it's meant to be seen. maybe even a little better. vsp members can save on all authentic transitions lenses, including our new transitions vantage and transitions xtractive lenses. experience life well lit. ask which transitions adaptive lens is best for you. at red lobster. there's so many choices, the guests love it! [ male announcer ] don't miss endless shrimp, just $14.99! try as much as you like, anyway you like. like new teriyaki grilled shrimp. offer ends soon! my name is angela trapp, and i sea food differently. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes. do you churn your own butter too? what? this is going to give you a head start on your dinner. that seems easier sure does
. the desperation of superstorm sandy. >> we stayed 11 hours on the roof. we kept yelling help to everyone we seen. nobody was coming. help us. >> and later, senator rand paul. does the romney campaign have a plan to win the election if they can't win ohio? >>> we start the sthaf of our show with stories we care about where we focus on our own reporting. the crane that overturned high above manhattan is a little closer to being tied down tonight. it was being used to construct the tallest residential building in manhattan. today, michael bloomberg announced that inspections of the crane are complete. the construction manager tells us the department of buildings is reviewing the plans to secure it. the area is still closed. public transportation in new york city is starting to come back. some subway lines and amtrak are going to run on a schedule. at least there was some public transportation to help them. the congestion eased a bit thanks to a car pool rule. that made a difference. all three major airports were open today for the first time since the storm hit at limited capacity. well, the milita
by superstorm sandy when it comes to power outages. deb feyerick was talking about the new york city area. the darker the color the higher number of people without power. new york you move down to the state of new jersey, incredibly hard hit along the shoreline. we know new york and new jersey likely to go democratic. let's walk over to the state of pennsylvania and look at this, you see this down here, let me help you understand this chart a little bit. i'm going to pop it out and this explains the darker the color the higher the number of people without power so as we come back to the state of pennsylvania i want to show you something. if you look it's obvious to the naked eye in this area here is where you see more people without power, scranton a lentown, reading, down here in philadelphia and the suburbs, about 100,000, maybe a little more than that out of power in philadelphia and month dpgomery bucks county alone. let's look at how they voted in the last election. if the problems persist right there that tells you more of a problem for the president and if there's no power at polli
the onslaught of superstorm sandy. the extent of the devastation in staten island, and the desperation there is only now coming into focus. take for instance the death toll alone. at least 19 people, and that is almost half of the total for the entire toll for new york city, a and there is no light. there is no heat. there is no power. food now has been running short. fear has been running high. just listen to this woman. >> we are going to die if we get killed with the weather. we are going to die. we are going to the freeze. we have 90-year-old people. we are going to die. you don't understand. you have to get your trucks here on this corner, now. >> we are trying to get to you -- >> this is three days. >> the man to whom donna solli was pouring out her heart was new york's senior senator charles schumer who was on a tour of staten island, and even for those of us who live in the new york area, the death and the destruction unleashed by sandy and the pain and the fear of the recovery process are really difficult to completely comprehend. take for instance all of the people working be
from superstorm sandy, it left many with damaged homes no food, power, and much more. but transportation in cities throughout the northeast, a nightmare right now, and in the case of new york city subway system, of course, it is a nightmare as well. heavily damaged. and we all know how much new yorkers and tourists rely on that subway system just to get around. jason carol got a chilling tour of southbury station you're looking at right now. he is covering that story and here is his conversation with a chief infrastructure officer. >> the complex itself will require significant rehabilitation due to the damage from the storm. the infrastructure. the electrical systems, the fare collection systems, the riding systems, the stairways, the ventilation systems, the elevators, escalators, they're all pretty much ruined from the water damage from the surge damage. just follow my same footsteps. believe it or not, these timbers washed in from the ocean or the bay. >> this did right here? this timber right here. >> absolutely. >> this washed in from -- >> washed in from the ti
cuomo making clear that america will see more superstorms like sandy. michael bloomberg saying the same thing. >> i think it has got ten worse. we are in big trouble and in congress whether or not there is global warming. >> the people the majority of americans believe we have climate problems. >> could it just be a global weather thing that may have happened 500 years ago you get pockets of this and we don't have the records to back that up? >> could it be that? >> i will answer the way that mayor block bergomberg answeredy he did today. yeah, what if you were wrong. we weren't prepared. how many times do we have to get punched in the face before we realize that somebody some pupching us in the face. >> chad, is this global warming is there any other explanation? >> it is the prime suspect. i don't have another one. the rain drops the moisture can get on the drops and get bigger, but i think probably sandy would have existed without global warming. the one degree warmer probably made the strong 10% stronger. if you double twind speed from 0 to 40 miles per hour. you have raised the for
. in the northeast, there are fears that sandy could become a superstorm dumping heavy rains and downing power lines across several states and check out these images that we're getting from ft. lauderdale, florida. ocean waves spilling on to city streets there. the national hurricane center has issued tropical storm warnings and watches for parts of florida and the carolinas. alexandria steele joining us with more on this storm's path. what have you found out in the last couple of minutes? >> this is an incredible, powerful, hybrid of a storm and you talked about the track. the track with this, a lot of consensus. here's a look. this is saturday morning, the center of circulation. right now we've got tropical storm force winds extending 450 miles out from the center. it's a behemoth of a storm. so, here's the potential, again, to move northeast, expecting sunday night into monday you can see the center of circulation coming onshore in the del marva somewhere between new york and washington, d.c. worst coastal damage just north of where that center makes landfall. but on this map, i have anywhere of
of hurricane sandy. the northeast absolutely devastated by the superstorm. we are learning because of the response to sandy and because of concerns to climate change, the mayor of new york city, mayor michael bloomberg is endorsing president obama. wolf blitzer, i want to go to you and ask. i interviewed the mayor a month or two ago and asked if he'd open up an endorsement. does this surprise you? >> he was on the sidelines four years ago. it is a surprise coming this late but he wrote this long article just now and i just been reading it, brooke and made the case given what happened in new york and new jersey and connecticut over the past few days, the results of this superstorm, the potential as he believes that global warming could have a potential impact, he thinks the issue is so important that there's a significant difference between president obama and mitt romney on this issue. he has now formally gone forward and explained why he thinks president obama should be re-elected. he doesn't like what he says is the flip flopping coming from mitt romney in the past. he writes he
that we've had, is going to be -- is forecast at least to be a slow-moving one. >> reporter: sandy could merge with a cold front morphing into a superstorm. forecasters say the monster storm will likely unleash heavy flooding from storage surge and heavy rains and produce fierce winds. power outages will likely be extensive. damage from sandy is expected to be in the billions. >> the most stressful thing is to stand in your house, watch the water come up, and there's nothing you can do. it's going keep coming. than you're stuck because you can't get out of the house. >> reporter: sandbagging in anticipation of landfall late monday into tuesday is happening up and down the northeast. >> we want to make sure we're prepared with plenty of sandbags. trying to be proactive here. >> reporter: other residents are stocking up on generators and batteries for flashlights. along with forecasters and local governments following sandy's path are the presidential candidates. both president obama and mitt romney have had to change campaign stops on the east coast. i'm april williams reporting. >>> just
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